Red Rocks Community College

Academic Catalog

Admissions Policy

Students seeking admission to Red Rocks Community College should submit an application for admission online at Staff is available to assist students in completing the application on site in the Admissions office at the Lakewood campus and at the Arvada campus. The College practices an "open door" admissions policy, which means that entry is generally unrestricted; however, the college reserves the right to place students in classes on the basis of academic advising, testing, pre-enrollment interviews, and past educational achievement. Certain college programs have specific admission requirements as well. The following minimum requirements are used as guidelines for admission:

  1. All individuals, 17 years of age or older, who have a high school diploma, a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or are not enrolled in high school, are admitted upon completion of the RRCC admissions applications.
  2. Students younger than 17 and who are not currently in a high school concurrent enrollment program may be considered for underage admissions by completing a "Request for Waiver of Admissions Requirements for Underage Students" (available at the office of the Vice President for Student Success). Students must complete the placement test, and may be required to submit a monitored writing sample. An admission decision will be based on a student’s academic history, determination of ability to benefit from college level instruction, and overall educational goals.
  3. All new students must take the placement test or have appropriate ACT or SAT scores from a test taken within the last five years. State Board Policy requires that colleges assess their students to determine their levels of English, mathematics, and reading, and if needed, that students take developmental courses within their first 30 hours at the college.

All new students must meet assessment requirements, which can be accomplished in one of the following ways:

  • Evidence of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree or higher
  • Evidence of a C or higher in prior college-level English and math courses. (Please note that English courses taken outside the United States do not meet the Assessment or Transfer guidelines.)
  • Qualifying ACT or SAT English scores less than five years old; math scores less than two years old.
  • Qualifying approved placement scores that are less than five years old.
  • Placement scores will be used to determine placement in both college-level and academic enrichment courses as appropriate. Please see the current class schedule for placement and prerequisite requirements.

All degree- or certificate-seeking students must meet assessment requirements. All students seeking to register for a course with prerequisites must meet assessment requirements (regardless of degree/certificate status). All students under the age of 20 must meet assessment requirements (regardless of degree/certificate status).

Admission to the college does not assure acceptance of a student into a particular course or program. Some students may need to enroll in certain courses to compensate for scholastic deficiencies or to meet established prerequisites. The college reserves the right to review and revoke the enrollment of any person who appears to be unable to profit from further education, as well as of those persons whose enrollment would not be beneficial to them or to the college and in accordance with Board Policy BP 4-10. The policy is online at

Students who enroll in an occupational program, who are veterans, who receive financial aid, or who are on F-1 or M-1 student visa status must declare their degree or certificate program at the time of registration. Any changes in the declared degree or certificate must be recorded with the Admissions office, and if the student is a financial aid recipient, with the Financial Aid office.

RRCC does not require physical examinations as a condition for admission. Students who have a disability are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services at 303.914.6733. This office provides support and accommodations (at no cost) to students with disabilities. Students who had an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan in high school are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services after applying for admission to the college.

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Academic Catalog

Welcome to Red Rocks Community College (RRCC)

Academic Calendar Fall 2014 – Summer 2015

Welcome from the President

About Red Rocks Community College

Admissions and Enrollment

Financing Your Education

Tuition Rates

RRCC Foundation

Scheduling Options (Red Rocks Options)

Student Services

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Academic Standards


Associate Degrees (AA, AS, AGS, AAS)

Degree Requirements

Degrees With Designation (DWD)

Noncredit Continuing Education

Programs and Areas of Study

Course Descriptions

AAA – Academic Achievement Courses

ACC – Accounting Courses

ACT – Automotive Collision Technology Courses

AEC – Architecture, Engineering and Construction Courses

AGR – Agriculture Courses

ANT – Anthropology Courses

ARA – Arabic Courses

ARM – Military Science Courses (U.S. Army ROTC)

ART – Art Courses

ASE – Automotive Service Technology Courses

ASL – American Sign Language Courses

AST – Astronomy Courses

AUT - Auto Motorsports Technology Courses

BIO – Biology Courses

BTE– Business Technology Courses

BUS – Business Courses

CAD – Computer-Aided Drafting Courses

CAR – Carpentry Courses

CCR - College Composition and Reading Courses

CHE – Chemistry Courses

CIS – Computer Information Systems Courses

CMD – Communication Disorders Courses

CNG – Computer Networking Courses

COM – Communication Courses

CON - Construction Technology Courses

COS – Cosmetology Courses

CRJ – Criminal Justice Courses

CSC – Computer Science Courses

CUA – Culinary Arts Courses

CWB – Computer Web Courses

DAN – Dance Courses

DEA - Dental Assisting Courses

DMS – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Courses

DPM – Diesel Power Mechanics Courses

ECE – Early Childhood Education Courses

ECO – Economics Courses

EDU – Education Courses

EGT – Engineering Graphics Technology Courses

EIC – Electricity Industrial/Commercial/Residential Courses

EMP – Emergency Management and Planning Courses

EMS – Emergency Medical Services Courses

ENG – English Courses

ENT – Engineering Technology Courses

ENV – Environmental Science Courses

ENY – Energy Technology Courses

ESL – English as a Second Language Courses

EST – Esthetician Courses

FIW – Fine Woodworking Courses

FRE – French Courses

FST – Fire Science Technology Courses

GED – General Education Courses

GEO – Geography Courses

GER – German Courses

GEY – Geology Courses

GIS – Geographic Information Systems Courses

HEM – Heavy Equipment Mechanics Courses

HHP – Holistic Health Professional Courses

HIS – History Courses

HPR – Health Professional Courses

HUM – Humanities Courses

HVA – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Courses

HWE – Health and Wellness Courses

IND – Interior Design Courses

ITA – Italian Courses

JOU – Journalism Courses

JPN – Japanese Courses

LEA – Law Enforcement Academy Courses

LIT – Literature Courses

MAC – Machining Courses

MAN – Management Courses

MAR – Marketing Courses

MAT – Mathematics Courses

MET – Meteorology Courses

MGD – Multimedia Graphic Design Courses

MIL – Milwright Courses

MOT – Medical Office Technology Courses

MST - Massage Therapy Courses

MUS – Music Courses

NAT – Nail Technician Courses

NRE – Natural Resources Courses

NUA – Nurse Aide Courses

NUR – Nursing Courses

OSH – Occupational Safety Technician Courses

OUT - Outdoor Education Courses

PAP – Physician Assistant Program Courses

PED – Physical Education Courses

PHI – Philosophy Courses

PHO – Photography Courses

PHY – Physics Courses

PLU – Plumbing Courses

POS – Political Science Courses

PRA – Park Ranger Courses

PSY – Psychology Courses

REC-Recreational Courses

REE – Real Estate Courses

RTE – Radiologic Technology Courses

RUS – Russian Courses

SBM – Small Business Management Courses

SCI – Science Courses

SOC – Sociology Courses

SPA – Spanish Courses

SVT – Sport Vehicle Technology Courses

THE – Theatre Arts Courses

WEL – Welding Courses

WQM – Water Quality Management Technology Courses

Guide to Catalog Terms

Staff & Faculty Directory